Gilliam Youth Services Center Mental Health Specialist in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 7/12/2019

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The Mental Health Specialist provides mental health support to youth detained at Gilliam Youth Services Center (GYSC). The Mental Health Specialist offers crisis intervention, brief mental health screening/assessment/intervention, consultation, as well as coordination of access to MHCD services in the community upon release. This position also provides support to youth already open to the MHCD system who may be detained at GYSC.


  • Provide crisis intervention and brief therapy to youth and families as appropriate. Referrals may originate from youth, family, staff, other providers, etc.
  • Provide mental health consultation and supportive services at GYSC
  • Offer evaluation/monitoring for youth on Suicide Precautions Monitoring (SPM)
  • Support the case management needs of youth at GYSC
  • Coordinate youth’s access to other MHCD programs and outside community resources
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical records consistent with MHCD and GYSC standards
  • Coordinate emergency psychiatric hospitalization for detained youth when then need arises
  • Participate in team meetings, in-services, and supervisory sessions as required
  • Must function effectively in a highly autonomous role requiring accurate clinical judgments of mental health issues
  • Maintain collaborative relationship and effective communication among MHCD and GYSC as well as other community entities
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado.


Minimum of three years of experience working with individuals with significant mental health challenges. Experience with the juvenile justice system preferred.


  • Knowledge of methods of psychotherapy and community resources. 
  • Ability to work effectively with detained juveniles in a youth corrections setting.
  • Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices. 
  • Familiarity with the DSM V and diagnostic techniques. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Skilled at partnering with youth and collaterals to meet mental health needs.
  • Can work autonomously.
  • Enjoys working with youth and can approach work with humor.
  • Must have valid drivers license and good driving record.


Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines. Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.


Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.


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